Sheriff's Office Warns of Bad Road Conditions

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The Dane County Sheriff’s Office wants to caution motorists to the quickly deteriorating road conditions due to the winter storm.  Deputies are busy responding to numerous accidents and slide-offs throughout the county.

The roads are extremely slippery, and some areas are experiencing near whiteout conditions.  Snow is expected to be heavy until mid afternoon, with wind gusts up to 30 mph causing reduced visibility.

If travel is not completely necessary, please stay off the roads, asked the DCSO, adding, " if you must travel, use extreme caution.  Slow down, wear your seatbelt, and keep your headlights on." The Sheriff’s Office also recommends having an emergency kit inside your vehicle, including a fully charged cell phone and charger. 

In the case of actually being stranded in a vehicle during a storm, call 911 and do not leave the vehicle.  A vehicle will provide shelter, and it is easier for emergency responders to spot.  It’s ok to run the vehicle for short periods of time, but remember to crack a window for air circulation.  It’s also a good idea to check the exhaust pipe on the vehicle to ensure it’s not being blocked by snow.

Our deputies will be working to ensure everyone is safe, but the fewer people on the road, the easier our jobs, and the jobs of snowplow drivers and other emergency responders, will be.

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